BBC: "Police in the French city of Lyon have fired tear gas to break up groups of youths who hurled stones and bins hours before a curfew was due to begin. Police on the city's famous Place Bellecour square made two arrests in what state news agency AFP says is the first rioting in a major city centre. "
When things ACTUALLY GET WORSE - as this story indicates - the Left and the MSM they still dominate CANNOT keep the BAD NEWS entirely quashed; (besides, in this age of Citizen Journalism, WE WON'T LET THEM!).
This riot ramps things up. The response of the french government shouhold get ramped up, too. But perhaps Chirac and Villepin are not capable of doing what's necessary. If they do nothing more, then they should RESIGN IMMEDIATELY.
Ultimately, though, it's up to the French people: The French people will either surrender or fight. THERE IS NO THIRD WAY. The only question is: HOW they will fight, and for HOW LONG? Will they surrender AFTER a short fight (due to a lack of resolve and/or the inability to muster the courage to battle PCness let alone a determined enemy) - or will they hang in there. Time will tell . Stay tuned...
More links HERE. And other views HERE and HERE. AP:
Paris Tightens Security Around Landmarks -- Thousands of Parisian police guarded the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees and train stations on Saturday, as part of emergency measures enacted in response to text messages and Internet postings that called for "violent actions" in the capital. In Lyon, France's third largest city, police fired tear gas to disperse stone-hurling youths at the historic Place Bellecour. It was the first time in 17 days of unrest that youths clashed with police in a major city.THE UK GUARDIAN:
Paris alert for 'biggest riot ever' -- Intercepted text messages lead police chief to draft in 3,000 men and ban gatherings. Central Paris was under siege yesterday as thousands of police guarded key tourist sites such as the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées and enforced emergency laws, including a ban on groups of people gathering. The capital's prefect of police, Pierre Mutz, said the record deployment of some 3,000 officers was in response to a barrage of text messages and weblogs thought to have come from youths linked to the previous 16 nights of unrest in the city's suburbs. They called for 'the biggest riot ever seen'.Things are GETTING WORSE there, not better... stay tuned...
[ASIDE: The same UK GUARDIAN article closed with this:
"Today, the National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is due to appear on RTL radio in advance of a demonstration in central Paris by his supporters tomorrow. Many believe the riots have played into the hands of extremists such as Le Pen."To the Left, the rioters are the aggrieved party, and those who have predicted this intifada - like Le Pen - are extremists. Maybe what Le Pen has been proposing regarding immigration all these years ONLY SEEMED EXTREME at the time!? Maybe now many of his proposals are APT - if they're not too late!
REMEMBER: from 1930-1939 most Brits thought Winston Churchill was a jingoist and warmonger unecessarily ramping up fear of tyrants on the continent, like Herr Hitler. In fact, Churchill was one of the lone critics of the Munich Agreement which ceded the Sudatenland to Nazism. Now we see that he was right the whole time. Hindsight is like that.
While it is certainly true that Le Pen proposes many abhorrent policies, he was 99% right on immigration. To call him an extremist in this context is wrong - just as it is wrong to color the politics of the situation as clearly benefitting Le Pen.
Sarkozy is just as tough on the immigrant problem - (PLUS: he's the son of immigrants himself!) - without the obvious and abhorrent Le Pen "baggage" - and, in fact, he is the frontrunner for 2007.
So, why didn't the Left-wing Guardian write that ther riots benefits him!? Could it be that the Leftist Guardian doesn't want to promote a right-of-center candidate WHO CAN ACTUALLY WIN!? Could it be that they would like a Le Pen versus Villepin race in 2007 (because that's the only way (a) Villepin can win! and (b) Sarkozy can lose!)!?
DAMN STRAIGHT. AND THIS IS EXACLTY HOW THE MSM WILL SPIN THES PARIS INTIFADA AND THE EFFORTS TO QUELL IT: TO HURT SARKOZY AND HELP VILLEPIN.]